Have you been noticing loose or shifting teeth in your mouth? Loose and/or shifting teeth can be a sign of a more serious problem with your dental health. Loose teeth are often a sign of gum disease and lead to missing teeth in adults. If you are experiencing these symptoms, call the office of Dr. Burton Melton for an evaluation. If treatment is not sought before tooth and bone loss set in, Dr. Melton offers teeth replacement in Albuquerque.
There are many causes for loose teeth. Loose teeth can be a result of injury or trauma, but can also be a sign of progressing periodontal disease, or gum disease. Periodontal disease is caused by a bacterial infection in your mouth that causes a lack of attachment structure, destroying bone and gum tissue around your teeth. Without a sufficient amount of supporting structure to keep your teeth in place, your teeth become loose and eventually lead to missing teeth in adults. Loose teeth can also be a sign of other health problems that predispose you to gum disease.
There are some signs and symptoms typically associated with loose teeth that you should be aware of:
- Sore or inflamed gums
- Bleeding gums
- Pus buildup around the tooth
- Food getting stuck between the teeth or under the gums
- Gum recession
These are also signs of an active infective in your mouth indicating a severe case of gum disease. The early stages of gum disease are reversible, making it critical to get treatment as early as possible.
The best way to prevent loose teeth and eventually missing teeth in adults is to practice good oral hygiene on a daily basis. It is also important to get any treatment you may need for systemic diseases and conditions that could be affecting your oral health. Boosting your immune system by eating healthy and exercising regularly also goes a long way to keep diseases from progressing to severe stages.
If you are experiencing loose teeth or missing teeth in adults, we have treatment options available:
- Deep Cleanings
- Antibiotic therapy
- Bone grafts
- Gingival grafts
- Tooth replacement with dental implants
If you are interested in our treatment options or teeth replacement in Albuquerque call the office of Dr. Melton today.